TomTom unveils Map Share users-updated maps on latest GPS units
TomTom has been explaining its new user-updateable mapping technology, due to appear in its forthcoming TomTom GO 520 and 720 GPS units.
The Map Share system allows drivers to make their own modifications, such as adding or blocking roads or specifying one-way systems, directly on the device. These user modifications will then be taken into account when planning routes. Connecting to a PC allows updates to be shared with other drivers over the net using the TomTom HOME application. The company stresses that it is a supplement, not a replacement for map subscriptions – you’ll need a subscription to get the updates.
Other new features for the forthcoming units include an option to automatically direct a driver to the nearest hospital, a library of instructions for car maintenance and first aid, as well as one-touch telephone access (via a Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone) to the police, breakdown services and other useful numbers. The new TomTom GO models will be available during autumn 2007, priced from £299. More information on these when we have it.
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